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Posted inCT Viewpoints

CBIA paddling against the current on climate change

The fall meeting of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s Energy and Environment Council features a keynote address by Yale professor and former DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty, sharing “his insider’s perspective on where climate policy is headed.” The event will also include a tour of Wallingford-based Proton Onsite, a global leader in gas generation and renewable energy storage. So why does the promotional description of the event in CBIA’s recent newsletter call for a reconsideration of Connecticut’s existing commitments to climate protection?

Posted inEnergy & Environment, Politics

DEEP’s new boss has a Ph.D. in trash

Robert Klee, 39, is the mild-mannered protégé of the hard-charging mentor he will succeed, Daniel C. Esty. He is set to take over one of state government’s highest-profile agencies and brings to the commissioner’s office a varied background in environment law, science and public policy. Klee is a man who can wax rhapsodic about “transformative efforts on waste.”

Posted inEnergy & Environment

New CT customers to pick up most of tab for natural gas conversions

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Friday signed off on the final version of a plan to convert 280,000 homes and businesses to natural gas heat from oil and other fuels over the next 10 years. The gas conversion plan is the cornerstone of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy unveiled just over a year ago and officially approved by the legislature in the last session.